3 Ways to Give Back Without Giving Money
The state of the world (or maybe just the country) currently has you horrified. You’ve been eating ramen for days and you can’t afford a shower or laundry. All your friends are tweeting links about places to donate, but you ain’t got a dime to your name. What can you do?
The task of protecting our open spaces, which helps feed tourism, local economies for entire towns, and creates jobs, has been denied and ignored by the now fully conservative Congress, and it is now up to the public to protect where we play. The following is a list of organizations dedicated to the conservation of parks and climate. Support is needed now more than ever, and we will not stop fighting for our lands, our energy, or our climate. – Michael Restivo, Mike Off the Map
For Black Friday and this coming holiday weekend, Outdoor Research is giving back, in addition to shuttering its doors. You don’t have to fork over cash; Outdoor Research is doing it for you. For every post that you tag with #OptOutside AND #OutdoorResearch, the Seattle-based company will donate $10 to Paradox Sports, up to $5,000.
What are you waiting for? Get outside, get snapping.
For more details, visit their blog post.
Get your hands dirty
Where do you go outside the most? How can you help reduce your impact on it? Volunteer your time to build trails, do crag maintenance, remove graffiti, pick up trash. Reach out to your local climbing organization or state park to find days where you can bring a bunch of friends and get dirty. Bonus: sometimes there’s free pizza.
Manual labor not really your thing? (Don’t worry, it’s not mine either.) Volunteer at a summer camp. Teach kids how to climb.
Growing up, my parents sent me to Walden West, a summer camp that was run by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. It was so fun because of all the people I met there, campers, counselors and leaders alike. We hiked, we swam, we climbed, we backpacked.
It was so impactful that I went back and gave about 3 weeks of my summer every year until the end of high school. If it weren’t for Walden West and those leaders, I wouldn’t have such a great love for the outdoors. Help someone else feel that same joy.
Additionally, you’re not a dirtbag and you have gainful employment, check to see if your employer will match your volunteer time with dollars. Everybody wins.
Do you have thousands of followers? Maybe you can’t hammer a nail to save your life, but your words could charm the pants off just about anything. Do you put on really rad events or have ideas for really rad events?
If being behind the scenes is more your thing, reach out to your local outdoor non-profits to volunteer those skills to help run their social, create content, organize events, fundraise, score free cookies and coffee and more. I run social media for the Bay Area Climbers Coalition!